Step Afrika! Makes Its Way to Mount Union August 26

August 01, 2016

Step Afrika!ALLIANCE, Ohio - Step Afrika!, an internationally known African-American dance company, will be performing at the University of Mount Union during Raider Programming Board’s week of welcome on Friday, August 26 at 8pm in the Brush Music Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It now ranks as one of the top-ten African-American dance companies in the United States.

According to their website, Step Afrika!, “…blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.”

Based out of Washington D.C., Step Afrika! has performed at the White House and has toured across the world, performing as a cultural ambassador. The company is committed to hosting workshops, residency programs and a variety of arts education programs for K-12 graders as well as college students.

Ultimately, Step Afrika! promotes the dance form of stepping as an educational tool for young people. The organization focuses on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. Because of this commitment, Step Afrika! is offering $500 scholarships to ten college students as part of their Scholars Program. All students have to do is attend one of their performances, and write and essay on cultural integration, making any student from any high school or university eligible that attends the performance.

The Scholars Program is designed to encourage undergraduates to pursue their educational goals and help offset the costs of college. To learn more about Step Afrika!, or to apply for the scholarship, go to: http://www.stepafrika.org/arts-education/scholars-program/.

Tickets for the Step Afrika! performance on Friday, August 26 pm at 8 pm in the Brush Music Hall are $5 each (including students), and can be purchased electronically at http://www.mountunion.edu/boxoffice, or by calling (330) 821-2565.  For more information about the event, contact Kate Carnell at carnelke@mountunion.edu.  

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